San Francisco shoppers line up early in hopes of scoring PlayStation 5

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) – Players formed long lines outside Best Buy stores early Thursday morning in hopes of winning a PlayStation 5.

Consoles are in limited supply and appear randomly in stores with little notice.

“I tracked down Twitter and Google to try and find when they’re restocking. I heard yesterday they’re restocking. They said come here this morning. I ran here, I’m here this morning, they are already gone, “Allison Rassmann said outside the San Francisco store as she walked away empty-handed.

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“I got there before 10am, before they opened. There was already a queue here. I thought I might still be lucky. But as soon as they opened the doors, they were like no. They were all gone. Better luck next time, “Hector Maltez said as he too left the San Francisco store without a Playstation 5.

They found out the hard way that Best Buy handed out tickets at 7 a.m. to people in line and told them to come back at 8 a.m. to pick up their consoles, even though the store opens to the public at 10 a.m.

“I’m not surprised. It’s been happening for months. The shortage of crisps, the scalpers… everyone wants to get their hands on one,” Rassmann said.

She says the resale price is sometimes three times the original cost.

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Employees at the San Francisco store said they got 120 of the PlayStation 5 consoles. They said people started lining up on Wednesday night.

Maltez says that while he really wants one, he’s not willing to do it for the product.

“It’s crazy! I wouldn’t line up like that. It was a pretty short line so I said, I’m going to do it. But I’m not about to wait in a line that does the Tower of the building. I wish I could get one, but if not, it’s okay, “he said.

He says he’s been looking for one for a year and won’t give up.

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